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Highlights from the 2017 Oracle NetSuite Open final between Sarah-Jane Perry and Nicol David

Throwback Thursday: Story of the 2017 Women’s Oracle NetSuite Open

The Oracle NetSuite Open takes place next week when the top stars on the PSA World Tour head to San Francisco to compete for the Men’s PSA Gold event and the Women’s PSA Silver event.

Last year saw a new player take the women’s crown as England’s Sarah-Jane Perry marched towards the coveted title – join us as we look back at the biggest triumph of her career.

Round One
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt [4] Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 (52m)
[6] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (28m)
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [Q] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7 (37m)
[7] Donna Lobban (AUS) bt [Q] Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-8 (52m)
[8] Salma Hany (EGY) bt [Q] Nikki Todd (CAN) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (32m)
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [WC] Aisling Blake (IRL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-2 (25m)
[5] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [Q] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-1: 11-13, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 (42m)
[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (32m)

India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik caused the upset of round one after she downed England’s number four seed Emily Whitlock.

Pallikal Karthik took the first two games before Whitlock came back in the third, however it was the Indian who held her nerve to dispatch the Englishwoman by an 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 scoreline.

Meanwhile, defending champion Laura Massaro dispatched tournament wildcard Aisling Blake in just 25 minutes, with the rest of the top seeds also prevailing on the opening day.

Quarter-Finals
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [7] Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 11-0, 11-9 (25m)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt [6] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-9 (35m)
[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt [5] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-2: 11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10 (76m)
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [8] Salma Hany (EGY) 3-1: 11-5, 12-14, 11-4, 11-7 (47m)

English duo Perry and Massaro set up a semi-final clash as they overcame Australia’s Donna Lobban and Egypt’s Salma Hany, respectively.

Perry enjoyed a straight-games win, while Massaro held off Hany to win 3-1 and claim a semi-final berth.

Elsewhere, Malaysia’s Nicol David defeated Egyptian Heba El Torky in straight-games, while India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik caused another upset after she defeated No.6 seed Olivia Blatchford in straight-games to reach the last four.

Semi-finals
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [1] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 (68m)
[2] Nicol David (MAS) bt Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) 3-0: 11-3, 11-0, 11-5 (22m)

England’s Perry and Malaysia’s David ensured they would face each other in the final in San Francisco last year, after they defeated Massaro and Pallikal Karthik, respectively.

Perry held her nerve to see off top seed and compatriot Massaro in a five-game thriller as she kept the 34-year-old at bay after she had twice found a way back into the match to send it to a tense fifth.

Meanwhile, David, had a comfortable straight-games victory over India’s Pallikal Karthik as she downed her 11-3, 11-0, 11-5 in just 22 minutes.

Final
[3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt [2] Nicol David (MAS) 3-2: 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7 (74m)

Going into the final, Perry had won the last three meetings between her and David but was up against it as the eight-time World Champion surged into a two-game lead courtesy of some precise attacking at the front of the court.

Perry fought back in the third to halve the deficit before squandering two game balls in the fourth to hand David a championship ball.

However, a fortuitous nick off a Perry crosscourt handed the initiative back to the Englishwoman and she converted her next game ball before holding her nerve in the decider to seal an 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 14-12, 11-7 victory to hand her, her first title since 2015.

“I was just thinking of my nan [at championship ball down], it’s one I’ve got to dedicate to her because she passed away a couple of weeks ago and on that championship ball I told myself that I had to be brave and do it for nan and it worked,” said an emotional Perry following her victory.

“If a dead nick isn’t a sign that she’s looking down on me, then I don’t know what is. I had nothing in the tank, but I just kept getting another ball back against someone who was playing amazing.”

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